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Re: Picture of a 55 or 56 with a manual?
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Howard and others offer good descriptions.

My former 55 Clipper Super with coil and leaf spring suspension was converted to a manual transmission from the Twin Ultramatic. I also had Ross convert the brake master cylinder to a Packard non-boosted one from the Easamatic. The transmission parts were taken from a parts car which had all the pieces needed. The brake parts were from his stash from an earlier model. The clutch and brake pedal were at the same height. The steering column looked the same as the Ultramatic equipped ones, but with the shift quadrant painted over. The Clipper retained its Ultramatic transmission differential. The 3.54 ratio was great for highway and around town hardly needed third gear. It was a nice driving and riding car.

Edit: Found some photos of the interior. Here is one.

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Posted on: 5/17 11:23
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Re: Temp Gauge
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The Clipper tolerated the Austin heat and humidity very well. I had the radiator re-cored with multiple row tubes type which helped. Main problem was vapor lock when driving in heavy urban traffic. A bit of diesel in the gas solved that problem.

Posted on: 5/14 12:31
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Re: Various CL Pickings
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I have always thought the Sedans were more attractive than the Touring Sedans. The lack of a trunk bustle on the Sedans makes for a smoother body style, especially without side mounts.

Posted on: 5/11 11:50
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Re: Adding directionals to my 1939 120
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Tom, et. al. - Here are two photos of the front turn signals I installed on my 37 Six. I painted the bulb housings body color to match. The front lights were ordered from an online motorcycle accessory store. I recently installed front parking and turn signals on my 32 Ford Coupe and bought a pair of small accessory lights from Harley-Davidson. I used the double filament bulbs in the tail lights. I made aluminum reflectors and painted the inside of the housings white for a brighter light. I don't recall details about the wiring, but it must have been simple, because I could do it.

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Posted on: 5/7 12:45
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Re: cool as a cucumber
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An old trick to help cooling was to turn on the heater to full heat and speed and roll down a window. Could be uncomfortably warm in the passenger compartment, but helped the cooling.

Posted on: 5/5 11:54
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Re: straight 8 upgrades
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Screwing around with old cars regardless if going full stock or something else should be fun. Enjoy the experience. It doesn't really matter what others think; although, compliments are nice to receive. Do it. You will be glad you did.

Posted on: 4/29 11:36
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Re: The Duchess Project: 1940 Super 8 Convertible Sedan
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Joe, the way I was taught - and it has served me well - is to adjust the brakes then bleed the system.

More... I believe the reason for this is the risk of pushing the pistons out of the cylinders when the shoes are too far from the drum surface.

Posted on: 4/29 11:21
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Re: The Duchess Project: 1940 Super 8 Convertible Sedan
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Joe, your brake drums may have a slot on the outside. The slot is to insert a feeler gauge to measure the gap between the brake shoes and the drum surface. I forget the clearance, but it may be around .010". Also, I think Ross Miller has a video on doing a major brake adjustment (maybe on YouTube). Using the slot and feeler gauge may also be covered in the shop manual. Getting the esenteric adjusted correctly to center the shoes to the drums is important. Good luck.

Posted on: 4/28 13:07
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Re: straight 8 upgrades
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Supercharging has been a popular way to increase horsepower and torque. Turbo supercharging is another way, but it involves moving a lot of exhaust heat around which may not be the best for these old design engines. Engine conversion is also a popular way to go. Later model V-8s and their transmissions is probably the best way to get the most bang for your buck. Have you thought about a Packard V-8 coupled to a modern 5-speed transmission? I guess it boils down to how much time and money do you want to spend.

Posted on: 4/28 12:44
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Re: 37 with efiā€¦ yes please
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Hank, so that's what you have been up to. Brilliant. Beautiful work. Let us know how it works.

Posted on: 4/27 11:50
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